December 1, 2014
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Several years ago I began researching men with connections to Schaghticoke who served in the U.S. Civil War in honor of the 150th anniversary of that horrible conflict. Before I knew it, I had written 500 pages. This book is now available on the website of the town, somewhat awkwardly, but available. If you go to this link:http://townofschaghticoke.org/content/History and click on the first entry: The Civil War..the book will download in a couple of minutes. The first half talks of men who served in the 125th NY Volunteer Infantry Regiment. It was recruited in Rensselaer County, company K mostly in Schaghticoke. The second half deals with men who served in many other regiments. I have written brief biographies of each. They are listed alphabetically in each section, except that the 125th section begins with the officers, with an index at the end.
This book does not have a bibliography. For the most part, I have listed the sources used within each biography. Much of the information came from the records of New York State, which are online at ancestry.com and the website of the New York State Military Museum. Then I used census, church and other records, both on ancestry.com and familysearch.org as well as in my own files, plus google searches. Sometimes I was able to find photographs. I only used those I had permission to use, or ones that were at the website of the Library of Congress or in general in the public realm.
I have had a wonderful time doing this research, and now that I have declared the book “done”, I have a new source of information thanks to the re-enactment group- the 125th NY- which acquired photos of records in the National Archive. so I have a few more men to add. I know that I could find more info if I ordered the pension files of all of the men, but at $80 apiece, that was not possible for my budget. I hope some readers can learn new information about their ancestors through my research. That, along with honoring the men for their sacrifices, was my goal.